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Obamacare Defunding Fuels Primary Talk Against Veteran Lawmakers

Senators make Tea Party alliances to ward off challenges as DeMint accuses McConnell, Cornyn of "ultimate betrayal."

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Bill Straub

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September 25, 2013 - 11:35 pm
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WASHINGTON – The often bitter rhetoric surrounding the Senate’s Obamacare debate has not only exposed fissures within the Republican caucus but sparked talk about serious Tea Party challenges for some veteran lawmakers held in conservative disfavor.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who riled the party’s right wing by refusing to embrace efforts to filibuster a House-passed spending bill that defunded the Affordable Care Act – thus affording Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, an opportunity to delete the Obamacare language – are among those who may find themselves in the political cross-hairs.

Both McConnell and Graham have drawn Tea Party challenges: Matt Bevin a Louisville businessman, is taking on McConnell while Nancy Mace, a Charleston businesswoman and the first female graduate of The Citadel, is opposing Graham. Both are looking to use the Obamacare debate to their advantage in the 2014 GOP primary.

They are not alone. Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, of Texas, who backed McConnell’s play and crossed swords with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leader in the filibuster effort, has yet to draw any 2014 opposition. But there is some discussion that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a Tea Party darling who remained in the Senate chamber throughout much of Cruz’s recent anti-Obamacare talk-a-thon, may jump in.

McConnell and Cornyn appear to be drawing most of the conservative bile for failing to work sufficiently hard to rally support to kill the healthcare law. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee “dedicated to electing strong conservatives to the United States Senate,” founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, charged that the pair’s refusal to support Cruz’s efforts amounted to the “ultimate betrayal.”

DeMint, who tussled with McConnell from the right during his tenure on Capitol Hill, left the upper chamber earlier this year to head the Heritage Foundation but the organization he left still has influence with the right wing – and money to sink into campaigns.

“Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn have surrendered to Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the Democrats,” the group said in a missive to supporters. “More importantly, they have surrendered to Obamacare — the biggest job killer in America.”

The Fund has unveiled plans to run a 60-second commercial in Kentucky markets this week attacking McConnell, although it has yet to make an endorsement in the race. The ad states that “Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to lead the fight.”

Meanwhile, the Madison Project, another outfit that raises money for conservative candidates, run by former congressman Jim Ryun, has launched a web ad that features a figure with McConnell’s face attached to the cartoon body of a chicken.

“During every election cycle Senator McConnell eagerly touts his supposed ‘power’ and ‘clout’ as the Republican Senate leader,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Ironically, he appears to be too chicken to use this power to take a definitive stance on any important issue until the debate is already resolved or the outcome is a forgone conclusion. As Senate GOP Leader, McConnell acts more like a bystander or a follower until he figures out the most politically advantageous stance to best preserve his personal power.”

McConnell announced he would not join Cruz in his effort to block the House-passed spending and Obamacare measure from coming to a final vote because it includes language to eliminate funding and could result in a governmental shutdown if not adopted by Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

The Republican leader said he plans to oppose Reid’s effort to strip the defunding provision from the bill. But Bevin countered that McConnell is turning his back on the conservative war against Obamacare.

“Like so many other crucial fights, Mitch McConnell has caved to Harry Reid on Obamacare and is refusing to fight to defund this disastrous legislation,” Bevin said.

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DO IT! Do it to ALL the damn RINOs! Make them work to stay in their cushy jobs. Or better yet, defeat them and let them go look for gainful employment in the private economy.
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I've never blindly pulled a lever in my life, but I've never found a candidate I agreed with 100% either.
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"Graham is not a part of the Senate GOP leadership but he has consistently attracted disdain from the party’s conservative wing over the past few years for advocating for issues like immigration reform and for his close ties to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), another lawmaker held in Tea Party contempt."

Close ties? It's like they are Siamese twins with Graham's head attached to McVain's arse.
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I really like Jim DeMint, but I wish he's stop sending these bulls*it invitations to join some "inner in group" at Heritage in exchange for sending a check. The NRA used to do that and it made all their appeals seem fraudulent and base. Same with Heritage. 40 foot bulletin boards in Manhattan won't cut it because their is no way to cast American Principles into 10 word sound-bites.
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Yes, it's time to make as much of a clean sweep as we can. Tea Party is where it's at! The head of the Republican Party is too busy Reinsing his Prebus to do us any good at all anymore. Likely, he is way too busy listening to Karl Rove to believe his "lying eyes" about the 2010 elections and their meanings. If they won't do the job then the voters will have to!

McCain has become wasted, ancient protoplasm who seems to be having more and more difficulty finishing sentences, let alone complete thoughts. His buddy "flimsy Lindsay", in his attempts to make sense of his positions, utters utter nonsense more and more regularly. Both believe they are God's gift to Republicans while acting like they are actually God's gift to Democrats. OUT WITH THEM!!

America needs people like Cruz or Lee as Majority Leader in the Senate Louie Ghomert as Speaker of the House. I can't help but believe that the current Republican so-called "leadership" is accepting funds under the table from people like George Soros. They certainly have undergone mass gonadectomies and flitter about Congress trying to make "Democrat Lite" sound really cool!! And this snake Eric Kantor, trying to come up with a bill that both funds and then defunds Obamacare so the Senate can just strike the "defund" provision and pass a continuing resolution that funds the ACA and sticks up with Obamacare forever...how the hell do these people achieve "leadership"?

No wonder Republicans fail, congress after congress. They keep appointing "leadership" that leads all of us over a cliff!
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No Primary opposition for Cornyn?
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47 weeks ago
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today's vote helped us out. I now know who I will be donating campaign funds to: conservatives running in the GOP primaries against any of these 25 traitors!
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If Obama-care goes into the rebate - subsidy - entitlement payout mode it will never be repealed. It is now or never.

Let's burn down the GOP establishment completely. Run as an independent like Christ in FLA did and let the democrat win. After O-care, it really doesn't matter anymore. Primary all establishment republicans.
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It's let's scratch each others back and get along. That counts for more than principle. The Repubs make a srtong argument for the now forgotten term limits. The Dems, with Obama at the top especially, human trash.
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Funny thing - for about 6 months before an election these RINOs parade around basking in the glory of being called 'conservative' from the left, and on occasion even espouse conservative ideals. And the voters that 'know' what these RINOs really are hold their noses (one more time) and vote for these frauds. Why? Because the alternative is just so unthinkable! (is it?) And the LIV's on the right (yes we have em too) vote for these frauds - because - well because the democrat opposition calls them 'conservative' so it must be true - right? And like the dummies on the left the dummies on the right dutifully vote for the 'right' candidate. See Sen. L. Graham (Nancy Boy) for an excellent example of this phenomenon in action.

Then a watershed moment happens - Sen. Ted Cruz stands up for conservative principles - and takes pot-shots from old RINO's like McCain and his mini-me Graham and others.

THANK YOU Sen. Cruz - thank you for outing these PITA RINO's - showing us what they really are - Statists - enemies of We The People - enemies of The Constitution - enemies of freedom itself!

Is there anyone more qualified to run for President than Sen. Cruz? I think not.



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Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are looking down at this from Above, and fully approve.
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DO IT! Do it to ALL the damn RINOs! Make them work to stay in their cushy jobs. Or better yet, defeat them and let them go look for gainful employment in the private economy.
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